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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your baby is:
Feeding. Breast milk or formula is still all your baby needs. Iron-fortified cereal or puréed meats can be introduced when your baby is ready for solid foods at about 6 months of age. Talk with your doctor before starting any solids.
Peeing and pooping. Babies this age should have several wet diapers a day and regular bowel movements. Some may poop every day; others may poop every few days. This is normal as long as stools are soft. Let your doctor know if they become hard, dry, or difficult to pass.
Sleeping. At this age, babies sleep about 12 to 16 hours a day, with two or three daytime naps. Most babies have a stretch of sleep for 5 or 6 hours at night. Some infants, particularly those who are breastfed, may wake more often.
Developing. By 4 months, it’s common for many babies to:
There’s a wide range of normal and children develop at different rates. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your child’s development.
3. Do a physical exam with your baby undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, listening to your baby’s heart and feeling pulses, checking hips, and paying attention to your baby’s movements.
4. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect infants from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your baby get them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your baby’s next routine checkup at 6 months:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
Your baby’s range of sounds and facial expressions continues to grow, and your baby is also imitating sounds, which are the first attempts at speaking.
Teething can be a tough time for babies and parents. Here are the facts on teething, including tips for baby teeth hygiene and relieving pain.
Is your baby is ready for solid foods? Learn how and when to get started.
Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.
Your infant will learn to sit during this time, and in the next few months will begin exploring by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
Your baby is working on all five senses, understanding and anticipating more and more. How can you stimulate your baby’s senses?
Your baby is growing in many ways. Here’s what to expect this month.
At this age, kids are learning to roll over, reach out to get what they want, and sit up. Provide a safe place to practice moving and lots of interesting objects to reach for.
By this age, your baby should be on the way to having a regular sleep pattern, sleeping longer at night, and taking 2 or 3 naps during the day.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. Here are some things your baby might be doing this month.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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